Make Me A German

Ah, Blogtoberfest is fun, isn't it? In case you want something to kill a bit more time, the last two entries I wrote were a post about an edible flower on Costa Rica Outsider and a review of Once Upon A Time In The West on Cinematic Attic. Now for today's post. I recently came across this BBC documentary called Make Me A German: Although it's not about artificially creating humans from car parts and sausage casings (unfortunately), it is very interesting. I watched it this afternoon and I've Read more [...]

Xiongmao: Snake Hunter

While I was showering the other morning, Angela called in to me and said that I should be extra nice to our cat Xiongmao because he had killed a snake. I don't like to hear or even think about snakes, especially not when I'm naked, but this intrigued me. After making sure Xiongmao was OK (and finishing my shower), I went to our front door, where Angela showed me this: Yep, that's a snake! We didn't know if it was still alive, actually, but judging by the strange kinks in its body, we reckoned Read more [...]

A Brief Note To Black Friday: You Are Crap

By "you," I of course don't mean you, Dear Reader! I mean the very concept of Black Friday, which is so vulgarly capitalistic and basically just about crass commercialism. If it were any other day, I'd say discounts would be welcome, but not the deceptive kinds that many people are now associating with the day after Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving--a holiday that is all about giving thanks and spending time with friends and family! Isn't that great? Well, it's not great for commerce, since you're not Read more [...]

What To Do When You Get An Election

Something tells me that's not his real name. Or the real date.Well, more than a week has passed since the election in the US. Whether you liked the result or not, it's over. Thank God. I know everyone wants to put all the campaigning, the onslaught of media coverage, and the relentless commercials out of their mind for as long as possible (4 years, ideally), but I had some thoughts to share. My ideas here aren't about the results, but the process. If you don't feel like reading them, that's fine, Read more [...]

Paul’s Visit

At the start of June my brother Paul came to visit us for about 10 days. It was really nice to have him here, and we had a good time (and I hope he did, too... it's kind of boring around here sometimes).In any case, I just wanted to quickly put up a few pictures from while he was here. You can see more on my flickr page, too.This is "advanced eating"; try it at home at your own peril. In this case, Paul and I went to Grecia and got a burger (me) and a hot dog (Paul). But that the kicker was that Read more [...]

How Taxing…

I guess it could be worse: we could have to do taxes in German. (Image)I've read a few articles lately about Eduardo Saverin, one of the original founders of Facebook. You may have heard that he renounced his US citizenship. Although he claims it was to allow himself to settle permanently in Singapore, others suggest that it was to avoid American taxes. Two senators have even introduced a bill that would basically ban Saverin from ever re-entering the US.But that's not what this post is about. I Read more [...]

Wait, What’s Homeopathy?

At least they spelled my name right. Eventually.A few days ago I was moving desks in my classroom and I bent over in a way that is apparently not how a body is supposed to bend over to move a desk. As a result, my thigh sent a nice, excruciating, stabbing pain to my brain. Fortunately, it was only for a few seconds, but it hurt like the pura madre. Then it was fine for a few days, until it came back yesterday, when I'd get the stabbing pain in the side of my left hip/thigh (where the tuxedo pant Read more [...]